The missions of California tell a tale of the past.
Saturday, July 21
12 PM and 2 PM
Join Sonya Norman of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as she delves into the history of California missions. If you have ever been to California you have heard the Spanish place names: La Brea Tar Pits, San Francisco Bay, San Andreas Fault, Sacramento River, Monterey. These names are the legacy of the pioneering Franciscan friars sent north from Mexico City to explore and colonize in the 1700s. Learn how they introduced wine, citrus, ranching, Catholicism, and permanent settlements. Get a glimpse into the native lifeways of the Chumash and Salinas peoples the missionaries sought to convert.
To request a reservation, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours beginning one week prior to the event.
Photo by Robert A. Estremo
Event Tags: Catholicism, Chumash, event, Franciscan friars, free, free event, history, Mexico City, Salinas, Spanish missions, the national parks store